Evidence on Trial in Kelsey Smith Case

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ An initial review of a surveillance video from the Overland Park store parking lot where Kelsey Smith was last seen did not appear to show her being abducted.

That testimony came from a police officer at an evidence hearing in the first-degree murder case against Edwin Hall. He's accused of kidnapping Smith from a Target parking lot on June 2 and raping and strangling her.

Her body was found June 6 in neighboring Jackson County, Missouri.

The officer said that initial surveillance video made it appear that Smith drove off alone. But he said that after the footage was enhanced by a media specialist, he saw that Smith was accosted at her car.

The 27-year-old Hall is scheduled to go to trial September 16.

Defense attorneys have complained that they have been waiting months for prosecutors to provide raw footage of videotape from the Target store where Smith was abducted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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